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Bertie Carvel, Tom Hanks and Tom Sturridge win Theatre World awards

Matilda has helped the RSC achieve income of £61.3 million. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Bertie Carvel, one of the stars of Matilda The Musical, and Tom Sturridge, one of the leads in Lyle Kessler’s drama Orphans, are two of the 2012/13 theatre season’s Theatre World award winners, given for outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway debut.

Carvel, Sturridge and ten other performers will receive their awards at the 69th Annual Theatre World Awards ceremony, to be held at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre on June 3.

Also receiving a Theatre World Award this year is Tom Hanks, who earned the nod for his initial Broadway turn in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy. Both Hanks and Sturridge also received Tony award nominations for lead actor in a play, while Carvel received a nomination in the lead actor in a musical category.

Two additional Theatre World honors were also announced. The 2013 Dorothy Loudon Award for excellence in the theatre for outstanding performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production went to John Orsini for his work in the Broadway show The Nance. Receiving the 2013 John Willis Award for lifetime achievement in the theatre is actor Alan Alda.

First presented in 1945, the Theatre World Awards were founded by the late John Willis, former editor-in-chief of the publications Theatre World, considered the most extensive pictorial and statistical record of the American theatre season, and its companion volume Screen World. The latest edition of Theatre World – Volume 68 covering the 2011/12 season – is expected to be released shortly. The awards are presented annually to six actors and six actresses.

The complete list of Theatre World Award winners for the 2012/13 theatre season is:

Bertie Carvel – Matilda The Musical

Carrie Coon – Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Brandon J. Dirden -The Piano Lesson

Shalita Grant – Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Tom Hanks – Lucky Guy

Valisia LeKae – Motown: The Musical

Rob McClure – Chaplin

Ruthie Ann Miles – Here Lies Love

Conrad Ricamora – Here Lies Love

Keala Settle – Hands on a Hardbody

Yvonne Strahovski – Golden Boy

Tom Sturridge – Orphans

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